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Study Committee releases report on New Perspective, Federal Vision, and Auburn Avenue Theology April 29, 2007

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During the the 34th General Assembly of the PCA, the conservative Presbyterian Churches of America, created an ad interim committee, “to study the soteriology of the Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies which are causing confusion among our churches.” Within the realm of the New Perspective, the committee evaluated NPP especially through the recent and voluminous work of N. T. Wright, who has had particular influence among American evangelicals. For those who have followed these growing trends among the church, you should read the committee report. Committee members include: TE Paul Fowler, Chairman; TE Grover Gunn, Secretary; TE Ligon Duncan;TE Sean Lucas; RE Robert Mattes; RE William Mueller; RE John White.
Click here to read the report.

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Abortion Legalized in Mexico City April 27, 2007

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On the heels of a pro-life victory in the US this week, our neighbors to the South have decided to end the country’s long stand against abortion. Mexico City’s legislature voted this week 46-19 to legalize abortion in the capital of the world’s second-largest Roman Catholic country. The bill will permit abortions during the first 12 weeks of life that follows conception. Previously, Mexico City made acceptions for abortions only in cases of rape, if the life of the mother was at risk, or if there were signs of severe abnormalities.

This loss will prove a landslide loss for a nation that has historically defended and protected the lives of children. Also, the vote will prove to affect other Latin American countries.

Read the press here.

Latinos affect tenor of Christianity in U.S. April 26, 2007

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This graphic appears in today’s SFGate.

From the article: “Latinos — whose numbers are growing through immigration and births — are transforming the nation’s religious landscape, especially the Roman Catholic Church, according to one of the largest-ever studies of Latinos’ faith, which was released Wednesday. Latinos now account for one-third of American Catholics, and that proportion is likely to continue rising, according to the findings from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Hispanic Center. Latinos also are clustering into ethnically focused, Spanish-language houses of worship. And throughout Christianity, they are nourishing a distinctive form of worship known as renewalism that is sweeping across Latin America.

One of the fastest-growing movements in Christendom, renewalism emphasizes God’s daily intervention in human affairs through the Holy Spirit. The movement includes Pentecostal and charismatic churches, where biblical studies are literal and congregants might speak in tongues, believe in divine healings, exorcisms and modern prophesies.”

$10 flights? Move over SWA April 25, 2007

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When I was in Asia last, Air Asia advertised flights as low as $5 (one-way), and I wondered why a continent so influenced by Western economics could do something the US couldn’t pull off–until today….

Welcome to Skybus, home of the $10 one-way ticket, and every flight is guaranteed to have many tix at that cost. The company begins with web-only booking and check-in, and promises to change the way people think about flying.

Check it out here.

Read NYT press here.

The Most Expensive Movie Ever Made April 24, 2007

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Ever wonder how far we have slouched toward decadence?  Sam Raimi has. As director of his third Spidey flic, he promised to pull out all the stops for what will be the last in the series under his direction, and he wasn’t monkeying around. From January 2006 through into late summer, rumors flew around Tinseltown ballooning budgets would blush when even the most hyperbolic of number-crunchers received the news:

“Industry insiders claim… (more…)

Theology: Baptism Discussed at SBTS April 22, 2007

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Dr. Greg Wills, Dr. Tom Nettles, Dr. Russell Moore, and Dr. Stephen Wellum discuss the biblical importance of the ordinance in a recent Boyce Society meeting.  Hear the Mp3 from the SBTS website.

Click Here to listen.

HT: TB

Can Anything Help Rescue the SBC? April 21, 2007

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 In a thoughtful and critical reflection, Danny Akin, president of SEBTS, argues that the future of the Southern Baptist Convention lies in the hands of a return to biblical principles of leadership and service in the church.

Here’s a quote, “The Conservative Resurgence gave Southern Baptists a second chance but it did not secure our future. Has there been a Resurgence? Yes. Has there been a Restoration? Doubtful. Have we experienced genuine Revival? Clearly the answer is no.”

Read “Eight Theological Essentials for Southern Baptists in the 21st Century

  1. The non-negotiable of a regenerate Church
  2. The essential nature of believers baptism by immersion with a biblical appreciation for its significance
  3. The recovery of the lost jewels of church discipline and genuine disciple-making
    as essential marks of the Church.
  4. The emphasis and practice of a genuinely Word-based ministry
  5. The vision for a faithful and authentic biblical ecclesiology
  6. The continued nurturing of a fervent missionary and evangelistic passion that is
    wedded to a healthy and robust theology
  7. The teaching and preaching of a 1st century biblical model for church planting
  8. The wisdom to look back and remember who we were so that as we move
    forward we will not forget who we are

Read and discuss the implications of Akin’s issues.Read the full article here.

Bush Applauds Supreme Court Abortion Decision April 19, 2007

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President Bush reacted positively to the Supreme Court decision to protect life and sustain the ban on partial birth abortion nationwide.   His decision protects life and the future of humanity.  Read the press:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is an affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in protecting human dignity and upholding the sanctity of life,” Bush said in a statement. “We will continue to work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

Additionally, Bush said the upholding “affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people’s representatives, enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America.”

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Supreme Court Bans PB-Abortion Nationwide April 18, 2007

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The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday.

This decision delivers a powerful message to abortion advocates and a long-awaited victory for pro-lifers from the conservative bench.

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Holocaust memorial day ceremony: World must act against Darfur genocide April 17, 2007

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I have mentioned the tempest of Darfur before (read previous posts here), and on Monday, Israel has taken up concern for the genocidal tragedy there and around the world.  While Israel marked the Holocaust, they raised their voices to the world with concern for a response to the plight of other areas of the world who suffer under horrible and murderous strains of tension. 

Former MK Joseph Lapid, addressing survivors, government officials, and members of the international community, said that the world is yet again ignoring genocide – this time in Darfur.

He exclaimed, “Even after the Holocaust we witnessed genocide in Biafra, Cambodia, Rwanda, and we must cry out against the genocide currently being committed in Darfur in Sudan – and the world is sitting on its hands and send a few sacks of flour, not so much in order to feed the hungry, but rather to calm its conscience.”

Read the article here.